Blackfriars Restaurant

4.8
4245 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Blackfriars was voted the best restaurant in the North East England Tourism Awards 2018.

Originating back in 1239 Blackfriars Restaurant is located in a medieval friary where it served as the refectory for the friars, making it one of the oldest purpose-built dining rooms in the UK.

The restaurant serves a classic, gutsy British menu sourcing seasonal produce from local farms and markets accompanied by a large award-winning wine list. It also has an adjoining 50 seat Banquet Hall for private parties and weddings. Above the restaurant is a Cookery School and Wine/Beer/Whisky Tasting Room. See web for events.

Blackfriars was awarded; Best Sunday Lunch in Newcastle by readers of the Independent, ‘Best restaurant in the North East/Newcastle’ by readers of The Observer and Metro Newspaper. It has also gained an AA rosette, inclusion in the Which? Good Food Guide, Hardens and Michelin Guides.

Support Blackfriars Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4245 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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eileent
London
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely warm welcome as usual by the very attentive staff
Celebrating my husbands 70th Birthday
Two glasses of Cava on the house was a unexpected gift
Scallop pie for me and Venison with duck egg starter for husband both a delight
Stuffed noisette of lamb was his choice very tasty
I chose the halibut and was rather disappointed as it seemed to be drowned in the sauce all too rich for me.
I am sure the halibut some broccoli and a drizzle of lemon would have sufficed
Pudding saved the night chocolate mousse for me and vanilla custard tart for the other half.
We love this restaurant and tell our friends it’s the best in town
We will be back on

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service in a beautiful setting

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StuB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whilst never the cheapest night out you don’t go to worry about how much you pay; you go for the outstanding food, amazing drinks and beautiful setting. Didn’t disappoint, a real treat well worth a visit.

JT
JuliaT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmospheric restaurant in beautiful, historic building. Food was delicious and menu was interesting.

JM
JulieM
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal although the lobster and crab salad was a bit runny great value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Blackfriars to celebrate a birthday, we arrived only a few minutes late for the 2 4 £12 cocktails, to be told we’d missed out, which was disappointing as we were good customers. The setting and the ambience in the garden was lovely, the waiter was very attentive but not overly so, he brought my partner a complimentary glass of fizz, a nice touch. The table next to us was rowdy, put me in mind of a pub atmosphere, this spoiled it a little, they should’ve been asked to respect other diners. The food - we are both vegetarians - was delicious, a very different, thoughtful and tasty combination of flavours on the plate that complimented each other perfectly - I had smoked cheddar croquets, leek gratin, fried duck egg and barbecued onions and my partner had curried cauliflower fritters, warm coronation style potato salad, toasted seeds & chilli oil, we both had desserts, which again were mouthwatering & delicious.

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TracyC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, great choice, exceptional service at great value, highly recommend

JD
JanetD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal in excellent surroundings with very friendly staff

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Delicious
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I have visited and have to say the best meal I have had in a long time. Flavour combinations were spot on and the service excellent. Would say this is probably the No.1 restaurant in Newcastle for modern classic British food.

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MarjieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I felt we were rushed as table needed two and quarter hours after our booking (6pm). We arrived early and has an aperitif outside, we were told when table was needed by 8.15. My guests arrived, ordered a drink and shortly after it arrived we were asked to go to our table ( perhaps 6.10). Asked about food allergies when ordering and I informed the maitre de that I was gluten free. My starter came with croutons and I asked for them to be omitted, not a problem I was told. All four starters came out at the same time. Mine unfortunately had croutons. I explained and it was taken away. My guests had to start ahead of me as there was a delay while a fresh dish was prepared without the croutons.
These perhaps minor things spoilt the night for me.

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JimH
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very pleasant dining experience, helped by a very warm sunny afternoon.

JM
JudithM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely venue with excellent service and tasty food.

KW
KeliW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great friendly service, could not go far enough for us. And the food as ever is excellent.

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Brenda
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Friendly service, outstanding food and great surroundings

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Alexandrazt10
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, lovely atmosphere. Ate here twice, once was a Sunday lunch, both times food and service was excellent. Lovely place, highly recommend

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SusanD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As this was our first time at the restaurant it was very nice and friendly. Will definitely be back

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Drstapes
Newcastle
18 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch, beef a bit chewy, chicken was flavoured with herbs which we didn't realise so my young daughter wouldn't eat it.

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NinaK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our Sunday lunch! The food was amazing, the service impeccable! Always enjoy the overall ambiance at Blackfriars.

PM
PaulM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food (as usual). This was our first time in a restaurant since last year and we couldn't be happier with the Covid-19 arrangements. The staff were all excellent and so friendly. I hope to book up again soon!

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LawrenceB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and polite service, very enjoyable evening

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Cameron
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding quality of food and lovely atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for the second time and it was absolutely fantastic. Great food, friendly staff, awesome restaurant

BJ
BethJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for afternoon tea. Because the weather was sunny we were sat in the courtyard. It was so picturesque and a wonderful setting for afternoon tea. The food and drinks were fantastic and the service was brilliant, the staff would regularly check if there was anything we needed such as drinks refills, without being too interruptive. We will definitely be going back.

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SophieW
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service & wine. Love being able to let them pair the wine to the food.

JD
JillD
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday celebration and had a lovely time , relaxing atmosphere, great staff and fabulous food

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Joanna
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent setting , food , drinks and ambience . The service was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening with friends having the Early evening Set menu .
The only criticism is the fact that we had to choose both our food and drinks online , paper menus are not being encouraged . Not the easiest and most convivial way to start the evening.
Otherwise , just excellent . We will be back .

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BobbieM
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was gorgeous and the drinks were lovely and the atmosphere is great...all these things were important to us but what really made our Blackfriars dinner so special was the whole way that we were treated. The attention that the staff paid to us was outstanding...they were not fussy and did not try to be our "best mates" but they noticed everything and gave us a very personal and professional service...little things made the difference; knowing who had ordered what drink when they were served, knowing who was the birthday girl in our party without having to ask, displaying a very good knowledge of the menu and drinks so that recommendations were spot on, bringing an extra spoon that was needed without being asked, serving wine with one hand behind the back...little touches of professionalism and care that made all the difference. We came away feeling very well fed and very well looked after. Thank you for a lovely experience.

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ZBoe
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and waiting staff were fantastic but we were a little underwhelmed by the experience as a whole. Given it's at the higher end of the price range and the restaurant' setting and history, we were a little surprised and disappointed by the cheap and very worn looking wobbly furniture. The cutlery had obviously had a hard life too... The kind of flimsy cutlery you'd expect from a service station cafe rather than a top-end restaurant. Plus, the food came out so fast, especially the starter, it does make you wonder how much/if it was made to order and we did feel a little rushed to get in, get fed and get out... But the food was delicious none-the-less.

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Drstapes
Newcastle
18 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday meal with the family, the lunch menu is delicious and great value. Highly recommended

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fleurn
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Excellent service.
Delicious food.

MR
MaureenR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A peaceful oasis in the centre of the city. Brilliant for a relaxing meal in calm quiet surroundings. This restaurant never fails to produce superb quality food and wine .

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Kevin
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent lunch enjoyed by the family. Well prepared and extremally tasty.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service nice food nice atmosphere. Will go again

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Jeremy
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was excellent, make sure you check menus before your visit because of covid, you have to scan on phone before you order

KJ
KatherineJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Food delicious and great service. Venue is lovely.

MS
MarjorieS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit because of c!!!!
Brilliant to be almost normal
Visited for my husbands 70th birthday as a treat
Will be back soon

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BarbaraC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent fine dining food, drinks for me were disappointing as I don’t drink spirts or wine so not a great choice of lager.
Would still highly recommend Blackfriars.

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ElizabethI
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food delicious and staff looked us very well.
Would definitely recommend Black Friars

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DawnR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful meal . The staff were very helpful and friendly. They helped with the selection of a perfect wine to compliment our meal.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blackfriars Restaurant using the Order Online button. Blackfriars Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0191 261 5945.

Blackfriars Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 4245 OpenTable diners.

Blackfriars Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/shop/category/39/gift-vouchers-and-experiences.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.